Hanging around airports has never been my favorite business, but here I am — heading home from this season’s warm up camp in Portugal. Days have been flying by and it’s hard to believe that a month has passed since my 28th birthday (and a New Year). Although this year’s schedule was little different from what I did last year, I have succeeded on main task — getting into shape required for further training necessary in order to reach better shape! Beginning of camp was bit of a mess, since I had cached a terrible stomach virus just before leaving and running felt like totally new thing to me for a week or so. Nevertheless I was eager to go hard from very beginning of camp and I paid for that — my calf muscles were totally done after couple of harder runs out there in „never seen so fast” terrains around Alpalhao. So now there was one more thing to take care of, but I managed well and was able to do necessary amount of running despite my hurting legs.
I moved South to Albufeira at middle of month to continue on volume training combined with some harder and faster running sessions. I was able to train pretty well (I won’t bother You with statistics about hours and kilometers, but I did significantly more than a year before) and finished off 5 days taper with my VIP (only one athlete allowed at time) 10 km XC test race. I did 31’47” which is 16” slower than last year, but (there is always a but) I had ~12m/s wind „helping” me NOT on 300m uphill stretch during all five loops and I was using road running shoes instead of proper XC spikes. Sounds silly, I know, but…
Even tighter Schedule is ahead. My 12 days stay at Latvia will require a lot of attention and hurry, but I am ready for that. Most important and exciting event I am looking towards for is signing with my greatest supporter for next season — Inspecta group. Once more I have reached what I have been going for — life as professional athlete and all the benefits that comes with it! Other tasks include training, signing with Adidas, couple of interviews, photo shoot, physio, Kristine’s birthday, visiting parents and few friends.
I will leave to Spain on 16th of February, meet couple of my club mates in Malaga and give a green light for TuMe camp in Barbate. I will enjoy excellent training conditions for around 40 days and keep you updated about my progress.
Pictures above; trying to capture last sunset at Albufeira with my head camera… I was just seconds too late!